The Childcare Offer in the Vale of Glamorgan


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Your Childcare Offer


The Childcare Offer funding starts from the term after your child's 3rd birthday. 

It is made up of:

Nursery Education 

12.5 hours per week in a school nursery.*


You need to apply through the School Admissions Team for your school nursery place. 


For more information and your application, please click here to be redirected to: Nursery Admissions


*Also available at St Donat’s Nursery School and Swallow Playgroup.  Contact the settings directly to apply. 



Childcare Funding

17.5 hours per week of funding at a registered childcare provider in term time.


 Up to 30 hours per week of funding at a childcare provider in the school holidays, for three weeks per term (9 holiday weeks in total per year)


A total of 48 weeks of childcare funding per year.







Eligible parents can still use the childcare funding if they choose not to take up the 12.5 hours of nursery education.  However, childcare hours funded through the Childcare Offer do not increase if a parent does not use their nursery education entitlement. 


Childcare Funding: Who can apply?

You can apply for the 17.5 hours per week of childcare funding if:


  • You live in the Vale of Glamorgan 
  • Your child is 3 to 4 years old.  The childcare funding ends once your child starts full-time school.  This is usually the September after their 4th birthday.
  • Both parents work in a two-parent family (some benefits are also eligible.  Please see ‘Your Childcare Offer in the Vale of Glamorgan’ video for details) 
  • The sole parent works in a lone-parent family 
  • You earn at least:
  • £142.56 per week if you are 23 years old or older
  • £133.76 per week if you are 21-22 years old 
  • £104.96 per week if you are 18-20 years old

(these rates are based on 16 hrs per week at the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage for April 2021-March 2022 and will change annually)


  • You earn less than £100, 000 per year (gross) per parent.

For more information, please use our guides below.

All your questions answered in this Childcare Offer Application Guide



We have a set of three clips to help you understand and apply for the Childcare Offer in the Vale of Glamorgan:


What is the Childcare Offer?


Your Childcare Offer Application


Childcare Offer Frequently Asked Questions



Children with Additional Needs

If your child has additional needs and you are eligible for the Childcare Offer we may be able to fund training for childcare providers, additional childcare staffing, specialist equipment, or physical adjustments to childcare provision.  You can tell us that your child might have additional needs on your Childcare Offer application.


You may also be interested in our Index for Children with Disabilities or Additional Needs


Your Childcare Offer Application



If you need any help with your Childcare Offer application, please contact the Family Information Service on: 




When to Apply


The Childcare Offer is available from the term after your child’s third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday, when they start full-time school. 


Applications open approximately 8 weeks before the funding starts.


Summer Term 2021 applications (April 2021), for children born between 01/01/18 – 31/03/18 can be submitted from 5 February 2021.


All complete applications submitted with all correct evidence by 5 March 2021 will be responded to by 22 March 2021, with a funding start date from 12 April 2021 (the beginning of Spring Term).


Incomplete applications received between 5 February 2021 – 5 March 2021 will take longer to process.


You can still apply after 5 March 2021, but funding may not be guaranteed for the start of the Spring Term and cannot be backdated.


  • If you choose to use childcare before your application is approved, you will be liable for any costs of the childcare.
  • Childcare Offer funding cannot be backdated for the period before an application is approved.
  • You must talk to your childcare provider first as the application form asks you to confirm which childcare provider you are using.  

For children born between 01/04/18 – 31/08/18, funding will start at the beginning of term in September 2021.  Applications open 04/06/21.



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Information for Childcare Providers


Childcare providers can apply to be part of the Childcare Offer:



Application forms and Terms and Conditions should be returned to:

Childcare Offer Team

Newport City Council

Malpas Court Mansion House

Oliphant Cirle


NP20 6AD



Once you are registered to deliver the Childcare Offer, you will receive the information and instructions you need to claim the childcare funding. 


For support with Childcare Offer registration forms, and completing invoices and attendance registers, please contact Kath King, Childcare Offer Engagement Officer:




Contact details

Vale Family Information Service (FIS)

Dock Offices

Subway Road


Vale of Glamorgan

CF63 4RT